By: Jordan Cope, Associate Sports Editor
No. 17 Towson extended its winning streak to two games after defeating No. 19 Johns Hopkins 9-4 Saturday at Homewood Field in Baltimore.
“Our last outing versus Hopkins was our best game yet,” Head Coach Sonia LaMonica said. “We went into the game with a good mindset and learned a lot about ourselves mentally.”
The Tigers (8-2, 1-0) took an early 1-0 lead over the Blue Jays (8-5) on a goal from sophomore midfielder Emily Gillingham less than three minutes into the contest.
However, Hopkins tied the game 1-1 less than two minutes later due to a goal from senior midfielder Dene’ DiMartino.
Following DiMartino’s goal, Towson scored twice before the half ended to take a 3-1 lead thanks to goals from freshman attacker Carly Tellekamp and freshman midfielder Katie Sciandra.
“We played well as a team in the first half,” LaMonica said. “We were solid defensively and gave Hopkins as little opportunities as possible.”
Towson picked up where it left off in the second half, scoring three straight goals to take a 6-1 lead over Johns Hopkins.
Tellekamp put the Tigers on the board first in the second half with her 17th goal of the season while freshman midfielder Natalie Sulmonte followed with her seventh and Gillingham followed with her 13th.
Johns Hopkins answered the Towson run with three straight goals of its own to bring the score to 6-4.
Sophomore midfielder Shannon Fitzgerald put the Blue Jays on the board first in the second half with her 23rd goal of the season followed by DiMartino’s 28th and 29th goals of the season.
Despite the Blue Jays run in the middle of the second half, the Tigers responded with a trio of goals to secure the 9-4 victory.
Gillingham scored her 14th goal of the year while Tellekamp scored her 18th and 19th goals of the year, one coming with a man up.
Tellekamp finished the game with four goals while Gillingham finished with three goals.
Freshman goalkeeper Angie Benson recorded her seventh victory of the season and made six saves on the afternoon.
“We made some adjustments in the second half,” LaMonica said. “Hopkins had some defensive heads turning and sliding which opened up Emily to score. Angie made some really big saves too.”
Towson will look to win its third straight game when it resumes CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) play next Sunday in Elon, North Carolina, against the Phoenix at Brooks Stadium.
Elon is 7-3 on the year but just 3-2 in conference play.
“We are always taking it one game at a time,” LaMonica said. “The team will have a significant break but we will be ready to get back on the field tomorrow.”